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Flush cooling system and replace thermostat

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1997 honda accord smells like its overheating but radiator is full. what would cause this

The engine can still be overheating even with a full radiator. However I suspect that the cat converter may be the culprit and be running too hot. Run fault codes and check for HO2S codes

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Did you flush the radiator when you replaced thermostat too? Sounds like it's clogged and the coolant is not circulating as it should. It probably needs to be rodded out or replaced by now.
Check your cooling fans for proper operation. Make sure the outside of the radiator & condensor are clean, and not full of bugs & debris...I hope this helps.

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My 1997 honda civic keeps running hot. but if i turn on the heat it cool down for a little while, also when it hot the reservoir is full. What could be wrong?

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Hondas are very tough cars and will run hot right up until a radiator hose ruptures. You need to make sure that there is not a problem.
When your Honda says it is hot, make sure the radiator fan is running. If not, it can be a bad fan or fan relay.
Next, turn on the heat full blast and make sure that you have allot of heat coming into the car. If not, even though your overflow tank has fluid in it, your radiator may be dry. This can happen if your radiator cap is bad. Check the fluid level in the radiator itself, but don't pull the cap until your car has cooled down at least an hour to reduce the risk of getting burned by steam.
If it stops reading HOT when you have full heat on it could be either the thermostat or a plugged radiator. Change the thermostat first since it is the cheapest fix.

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Check your plastic surge tank under the hood to make sure radiator is full. Also, your radiator fan is thermostatically controlled and is a weak point. Check to see if the fan is running when you are overheating. If not that is the problem.

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Check the hot air bypass valve or the Hot air Valve from radiator . May be it is chocked

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